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What Is Modern Painting? Introductory Series to the Modern Arts Vol. 2
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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Koch, Alexander, Das Neue Kunsthandwerk in Deutschland und Oesterreich, Darmstadt, Alexander Koch, 1923, First edition, 4to (11.5" x 8.5"), HB, brown paper boards w/ embossed illustration of two men holding up an earthlike orb full of nature and industry, with black cloth spine & gilt spine titles, G+ / none. Edgeworn, with boards exposed along bottom and side, small waterstain to front board. Inside is clean and unaffected.

Text in German. 384 b&w illustrations. A comprehensive survey of the decorative arts and interior design in Germany & Austria during the 1920's, with a particular focus on work from the Wiener Werkstätte & the Deutscher Werkbund; covers; silver & gold work, ceramics, glass, furniture, lamps & chandeliers, textiles and carpets, book arts, and more. Work by Fritz Brehaus, Flögel, Hanak, Josef Hoffmann, Ludwig Hohlwein, Bruno Paul, Dagobert Peche, Max Pechstein, Fachschule Zwiesel and others; index.

An energetic and highly informative reference, typical of the author. Alexander Koch, a journalist and the publisher of two art publications in Darmstadt, ("Innendekoration" [Interior Decoration] and "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration" [German Art and Decoration]), was a prolific spokesman for the the new, more modern style of Jugendstil. In the first issue of his "Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration", Koch appealed for the integration of all the arts and a return to craftsmanship. The movement in Germany, like its counterparts elsewhere in Europe, had undertaken to reform 19th century design and industry. In addition to the magazines, he wrote, edited and published numerous books on architecture, interior design and the decorative arts.

In 1898 the last Grand Duke of Hesse, Ernst Ludwig sought to promote regional industries by establishing Darmstadt as a cultural center for the arts. Together with Koch, Ernst Ludwig established annual competitions for artists and architects, which resulted in the building of several architectural treasures of this period. These and ensuing expositions by the artists' colony at Darmstadt established it, alongside Berlin and Munich, as an important center of the Jugendstil movement.    [Book ID # 371]


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